June 25, 2011

Beer Belly

When I move to London in a few weeks, I know my appetite will not be satiated in the same ways it typically is.  Knowing this, I've been filling up on a lot of Korean, Mexican, and other Asian ethnic cooking.  But when I first went to Beer Belly, I knew that London calling or not, I had to try the Catfish n Chips. 

In short, it was delicious.  Part of the delish factor for these beer-battered babies (in local brew, no less!), was presentation and the "self-service."  I loved how they came in a paper bag, wherein which you can control how much salt/pepper and vinegar you can add.  Then, shake, shake, shake.  Dunk the fish in really delicious kimchi tartar sauce and smack your lips and fingers in divine satisfaction.  Seriously, that kimchi tartar sauce was awesome.

Catfish and Chips - $10

Kimchi tartar sauce - awesome
Equally as tasty, but perhaps a bit too dense for me, was the grilled cheese sandwich.  Gruyere, Cheddar, Asiago, and Goat Cheese play a beautiful symphony together between two lightly grilled pieces of bread and BACON, and drizzled in maple syrup.  Sing to me some more.

Beer Belly Grilled Cheese - $11

The tartare was also good, though it didn't have the same effect on me like the fish and chips and grilled cheese did.

Filet Mignon Steak Tartare - $11

Last, but not least, two of the tasty local beers on tap: Craftman's Heavenly Hefe (Pasadena) and the Bootlegger's Plum Riot (Fullerton) - who knew Cali made such great local beers??

Biergarten or Beer Belly?  Beer Belly.  See for yourself.

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cuisine: Pub fare
location: Koreatown
hours:  M, Wed-Sat: 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM; Sun: 300) PM - 10:00 PM; closed Tues.
website: { yelp }
attire: Casual 
parking: free lot parking!